WHISTLER (NEWS 1130) – Finance Minister Bill Morneau is in Whistler for a G7 Finance Minister’s Meeting, and pipeline protesters plan to be there to meet him.
It’s one of two anti-pipeline rallies happening Saturday
The Whistler rally is being organized by the Wilderness Committee, and protesters plan to bring pots and pans, and make plenty of noise while Morneau sits down with his G7 counterparts.
Rally-goers are upset the Trudeau government is spending $4.5-billion to buy Kinder Morgan’s expansion project. A large rally had been held in Vancouver when the announcement was made a few days ago.
“The bailout of Kinder Morgan is one example of the larger agenda of the G7 to promote corporate plunder while also protecting their profits,” a release by the Wilderness Committe reads. “It also highlights a complete disregard for Indigenous lands & title, the climate, water and the health of all life on the planet. This is not the time to be investing in fossil fuel infrastructure.”
Meantime, activists will also be taking to Burnaby Mountain once again where another protest is planned. This comes just one day after a BC Supreme Court Judge expanded an injunction aimed at preventing protesters from blocking Trans Mountain workers.
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As they have done before, protesters will meet at the Coast Salish Watch House before marching to the gate’s of Kinder Morgan’s tank farm.
So far, more than 200 people have been arrested while protesting at this facility since March.
In accordance with the amended court order, they will no longer be given a 10 minute warning by police once arriving to the company’s gates.
Justice Kenneth Affleck said Friday he would have some sympathy for people opposed to Trans Mountain’s application to vary his March 15 order prohibiting protests within a five-metre buffer zone, but an abundance of evidence indicates people have found ways to get around it.
A Trans Mountain lawyer had told the court protesters have used a “workaround” to flout the injunction, which applied to the Burnaby Terminal and the Westridge Marine Terminal.
The lawyer argued activists aim to blockade other locations where the company might store equipment or have contractors working on the project, prompting the courts to grant a request to extend the five-metre limit beyond Burnaby, in areas where the company’s contractors and subcontractors may work. Kinder Morgan has also been given the go-ahead to post warning signs 10 metres from work sites.